WBEZ | Japan tsunami http://www.wbez.org/tags/japan-tsunami Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A field of dreams and swans in Sendai, Japan http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/foodmain.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8314999139/"><img alt="Nanohana miso soup" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-03/food3.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 381px;" title="Nanohana miso soup at the Nanohana Project greenhouse in Sendai, Japan (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>In downtown Sendai, the biggest city hit by the earthquake and tsunami last year, you can&#39;t see any signs of the destruction that my cabbie said hit every single street corner. Unless you look closely. He points out a few modern, mid-rise buildings &mdash; that look like they&#39;re plucked off Daley Plaza &mdash; completely Christo-wrapped in graphite grey construction tarp.</p><p>Back to business as usual, it seems, with a 24-hour <a href="http://www.family.co.jp/">FamilyMart convenience store</a> behind my hotel, where I pick up a late night snack of a Häagen-Dazs green tea ice cream sandwich, a Muji green tea waffle, and a hot can of Fauchon matcha latte.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8314897049/"><img alt="Nanohana seeds" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-03/food2.jpg" style="margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 259px;" title="Nanohana seeds (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>But drive half an hour to the coast and there&#39;s nothing, but a few stands of bare, leaning trees and concrete building foundations. The tsunami swept in over four miles &mdash; think Navy Pier to the United Center. You might remember videos of the water and debris hitting Sendai airport washing planes through buildings.</p><p>Just up the road, which was packed at that time with a traffic jam of people trying to escape, are rice paddies and fields, covered in fresh snow.</p><p>I&#39;ve arrived at one of the sites of the Nanohana Project (<em>nanohana</em> means &quot;canola blossom&quot;), whose current mission is to restore farmland after the sea water left a layer of salty sediment. As we pull up, Assistant Professor Michiaki Omura, the Tohoku University&#39;s agricultural science expert who&#39;s running the project, says, &quot;There they are!&quot; He&#39;s spotted for the first time the flock of wild swans that have been eating his plants, who&#39;ve only left behind white feathers. The birds had not been known to eat canola plants, but he guesses they do now because of their lack of food. There are no nanohana plants now, but the swans gather on his one single field nonetheless.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="339" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/36168534?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8315940152/"><img alt="Nanohana leaves" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-03/food1.jpg" style="margin-left: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 268px;" title="Nanohana leaves (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a>The project has actually been in existence formally for over a decade, researching the best and most complete use of the canola seeds, plant, and blossom &mdash; from food to oil and even biodiesel fuel. Their seed bank dates back even further, over 60 years. It&#39;s the only canola seed bank in the world, and they&#39;re now able to use it to determine which seeds will grow best in current soil conditions, as well as best help restore the land in the process. Professor Omura said that surprisingly, what they&#39;re finding is that after the salty topsoil is removed, the soil below is actually better than before the tsunami, he believes from the nutrient-rich seabed sediment.</p><p>The Nanohana Project has also become part of a larger volunteer effort of graduate school professors who decided to use their fields&#39; expertise to actively help local farmers get back to growing food.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8314875949/"><img alt="Nanohana bowl" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-03/food4.jpg" style="margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 231px;" title="Nanohana bowl (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>&quot;Usually professors only think about concepts, but we think we should really work to help the people,&quot; said Professor Yutaka Nakai, Vice Dean of Tohoku University Graduate School of Agricultural Science and an animal science expert. &quot;The government thought &#39;farmers need money, so let&#39;s pay them to clean their fields.&#39; But this is not farmers&#39; work. Farmers work to produce food. We thought we should help.&quot;</p><p>They started with a &quot;2-6-2&quot; factor.</p><p>&quot;Twenty percent of the farmers have already started to work again. Sixty percent are still thinking about what they should do. Twenty percent have quit.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We should help the sixty percent.&quot;</p><p>In a university greenhouse, Professor Omura used the nanohana that the swans were waiting for, in a hot bowl of miso soup. A hearty yet velvety wintry green, crisp and slightly bitter, it&#39;s a taste of the season to come.</p></p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073 A sushi master's temporary restaurant in Kesennuma, Japan http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-31/sushi-masters-temporary-restaurant-kesennuma-japan-95994 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/shrimp_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" grape="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-31/shrimp_0.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 448px; " title=""></p><p>To get to Kesennuma these days, Japan's biggest port town about two hours by bullet train northwest of Tokyo, I had to take a taxi yesterday an hour to the coast.</p><p>It's cold and snowing here, with only a few inches on the ground, but a total whiteout. There used to be a local train that connected, the driver said, but sections of track are missing, washed away by the tsunami triggered by 3/11, as the earthquake is known among the Japanese. The missing tracks show up as dotted lines on the GPS that guides driver-san on the two-lane twisty mountain road, but he knows it well, having ferried volunteers in for the past year or so.</p><p>He asks if he can ask me where I'm from, and when I tell him Chicago, he says, "Chicago Cubs!" He's been a lifelong fan of the "Major Leagues" and closely follows all the Japanese players. I ask him what they eat here at games and he says he's not sure, maybe "American-style" popcorn.</p><p>When we arrive, I finally see crumpled storefronts missing all their windows, filled with debris. I ask driver-san to wait while I dig into my duffel, then give him one the small cans of Garrett's popcorn I've brought as customary gifts. I explain it's filled with Chicago Mix, cheese and caramel. He made the characteristic Japanese sound that registers surprise, like Scooby-Doo, then smiled broadly and bowed deeply before heading the hour back.</p><p>I had a few minutes before heading out to dinner, at my first sushi restaurant in Japan. But it wasn't at the original famous Asahi, but their brand new temporary restaurant opened Christmas Eve 2011.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-31/restaurant exterior_0.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 448px; " title="the exterior of the 'pop-up' restaurant"></p><p>Fifty-one local shopkeepers are finally back in business, in rows of pre-fab buildings. They're rent free for two years, which is how long officials say it will take to rebuild the town. The shopkeepers think five years.</p><p>The sushi master starts with mild, silky local flounder and over two hours we chat about the food. One course is the fabled "grape shrimp" which is so rare it's called "the phantom ship", and never makes it down to Tsukiji. I was just there yesterday morning but that seems like a long time ago already. It's the finest sushi we serve in this shop, he said. It's incredibly sweet, crisp, and creamy. In two small bites, as he's sliced it in half, it captures the depth of the sea.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-31/anago_0.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; " title="anago"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-31/anago sauce_0.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 224px; " title="anago sauce"></p><p>With the anago he describes how the thick brown salty-sweet sauce is made by adding ingredients over the remaining sauce in the pot every time. His original base was 45 years old, but the pot washed out to sea. Luckily he has another restaurant in the train station town, so he borrowed some base from there.&nbsp;</p><p>Kesennuma was hit not only by the earthquake and tsunami, but a huge fire too. Wrecked fishing vessels spilled fuel in the harbor, burning for four days. The water is still now, but at only a sidewalk width away and nearly level with the road, it's feels ominously close.</p><p>The chef was at the dentist when the quake hit. He'd just finished and was waiting to pay. They said he could leave; there was no need to pay. His house is on high land and all of his family and staff were safe. He chose his house for its view, as he's a painter too. Two salvaged paintings hang in the temporary space. He says his hobby saved their lives.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-31/knife_0.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 448px; " title="the found knife"></p><p>Kesennuma counts about 1,000 dead and 400 missing from 74,000 residents. During clean up the chef said he saw something shiny under the dirt. It was his knife, buried where he normally stood. He says it was an order from heaven to continue working. He said with the dentist, his high house, and the knife, "I think I'm a very lucky guy."</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-31/sushi-masters-temporary-restaurant-kesennuma-japan-95994 Japan: One Month After The Quake http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/2011-04-11/japan-one-month-after-quake-85044 <p><p>Japan is still reeling from the 9.0- magnitude earthquake and tsunami — and series of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135308188/japan-rattled-by-aftershock-on-quake-anniversary" target="_blank">aftershocks</a> — that have left the country in disrepair. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=134379347" target="_blank">According to the AP</a>, thousands are missing or dead, entire cities lie in ruin and the fear of radiation still looms. But exactly one month after that first quake, people in Japan and abroad are taking time Monday to pray, to remember the dead, or to express hope for a brighter future. Here are just a few scenes: Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1302556045?&gn=Japan%3A+One+Month+After+The+Quake&ev=event2&ch=97635953&h1=Japan+tsunami,Japan+earthquake,Japan,Editor%27s+Pick,The+Picture+Show,Photography,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=135323291&c7=1004&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1004&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110411&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=134448495,134448493,126924744,125399149,97635953&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/2011-04-11/japan-one-month-after-quake-85044 A Room Without A View: NPR Photographer Frames Japan's Wreckage http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/2011-03-24/room-without-view-npr-photographer-frames-japans-wreckage-84184 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/japan_earthquake_tsunami_6700073.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>"How do you make a picture of something that's basically nonexistent?" NPR photographer David Gilkey mused aloud on the phone yesterday. In Japan it was about 11:30 pm, and he had just spent the day trying to capture the devastation in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture — or what remains of it. "It's really hard to put any of this into a perspective that someone would understand at home. This town today was literally just ... gone."</p><p>"I tried to frame it in a way so that people would see it like looking out their window at home," Gilkey said, offering his own solution.</p><p>What if you looked out a window at where your neighbor's house stood yesterday — and today saw nothing but scraps? It may be difficult to photograph, but is even more difficult to imagine. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1300975933?&gn=A+Room+Without+A+View%3A+NPR+Photographer+Frames+Japan%27s+Wreckage&ev=event2&ch=97635953&h1=rikuzentakata,Japan+tsunami,Japan+earthquake,Editor%27s+Pick,The+Picture+Show,Photography,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134793224&c7=1004&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1004&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110324&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=134794211,134448495,134448493,125399149,97635953&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/asia/2011-03-24/room-without-view-npr-photographer-frames-japans-wreckage-84184 Mission #65: From all of us to the people of Japan http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-21/mission-65-all-us-people-japan-84029 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This week's mission begins with this 1-minute video:</p><p><iframe height="249" frameborder="0" width="460" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1y1dL3f9zqk" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p><p>Thanks to our handy smartphone cameras, this mission is pretty &quot;1,2,3 simple&quot; I think. (Of course you're welcome to use a &quot;real&quot; camera if you'd like :)</p><p><strong>Please send your photo by Friday</strong>. &nbsp;</p><p>And before you go, I've got a sort of &quot;side mission&quot; this week as well.</p><p>I receive many inquiries about how to break into the publishing business, or how to make videos, or would I mind looking at a manuscript, etc. &nbsp;I try my best to answer and help as often as I can. This led me to the following &quot;side mission&quot; idea:</p><p>This Friday, March 25th, I am going to set aside 2 hours to answer your questions either via phone or skype. Each session will be 10 minutes and cost $50 dollars with&nbsp;<strong>100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross Japan Relief effort. &nbsp;</strong></p><p>If you (or anyone you know) was planning on making a donation anyway AND would like my two cents on the topic of your choice, let me know.</p><p>(That's actually pretty funny:&nbsp; For $50 bucks, you can get my two cents :)</p><p>I will be conducting these calls/video chats Friday between <strong>10-12 CST.</strong> &nbsp;</p><p>Email missamykr at yahoo.com&nbsp;</p><p>ever yours,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-21/mission-65-all-us-people-japan-84029 For Japan's Quake Survivors, 'It's Urgent Everywhere' http://www.wbez.org/story/accidents-and-disasters/2011-03-13/japans-quake-survivors-its-urgent-everywhere-83655 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/evacuee_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Millions of Japanese lack water and electricity, as relief workers race to save survivors of Friday's powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's northeast coast.</p><p>"It's urgent everywhere in the northeast," reports Doualy Xaykaothao from Fukushima prefecture.</p><p>Government agencies have been sending water, blankets, rice balls and instant noodles to people displaced by the disaster, and it has deployed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/13/134507442/in-japan-blackouts-and-shortages-follow-quake-tsunami">thousands of workers</a> to help.</p><p>More details from Japan follow, but first, here's a quick guide to today's coverage:</p><p><ul></p><p><li>Japan's thorough preparations<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/13/134468071/japanese-preparedness-likely-saved-thousands?ps=cprs"> may have saved thousands of lives</a></li></p><p><li>A look at <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/13/134475802/the-recorded-history-of-quakes-is-a-long-one">the history of earthquakes</a></li></p><p><li><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/13/134501905/crisis-at-nuclear-plant-adds-to-japans-woes">NPR's main news story on Sunday's events</a></li></p><p><li>All of our reports, <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/134454848/earthquake-off-japan-coast-unleashes-tsunami">compiled on one page</a> </li></p><p></ul></p><p>And even as people struggle to find food and shelter, a crisis at a nuclear power plant in Fukishima put thousands on edge, with fears of possible radiation exposure from the plant's reactors.</p><p></p><p><strong>Evacuees Face Fears Of Radiation</strong></p><p>At evacuation centers in Fukishima, Doualy reports seeing "people sleeping on floors with nothing but the clothes they're wearing. It's urgent everywhere in the northeast. On the streets, you can see lines of people, carrying water bottles, standing at water pumps and fountains."</p><p>"Ambulances are chasing one emergency after another," Doualy said on <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/13/134508016/Aftershocks-Rattle-Japan-Rescuers-Search-Coast">Weekend Edition Sunday</a></em>. Here's the audio:</p><p>Describing the scene, she says, "Yellow tape surrounds damaged buildings throughout the city. Sidewalks are missing. So are people... One emergency vehicle stops... where tents have been set up. Soldiers stand guard, and men in white suits and masks greet families."</p><p>The evacuees then form a line, so they can be examined for possible radiation exposure.</p><p>Doualy says crews were working to repair roads, to help rescue teams reach victims in the north.</p><p><strong>Tsunami Damage In Sendai </strong></p><p>Reporting from Sendai, a city about 80 miles from the quake's epicenter — much of which was inundated by the tsunami Friday — Rob Giffords <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/13/134507987/Partial-Meltdown-Just-Part-Of-Japans-Disaster">tells <em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em> host Liane Hansen</a> that while the city's low-lying areas were completely devastated by the water, several buildings on high ground seem to have suffered little damage from the earthquake.</p><p>Rob says that down by the water, he saw "cars tossed all over the place, houses tossed all over the place.... the tsunami has wreaked complete havoc up and down a couple hundred miles of coastline here."</p><p>Survivors near Sendai told the AP that when the tsunami came, ocean water surged and quickly rose higher than the first floor of buildings. That posed serious problems for a hospital:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>At Sengen General Hospital, the staff worked feverishly to haul bedridden patients up the stairs one at a time. With the halls now dark, those who can leave have gone to the local community center.</p><p>"There is still no water or power, and we've got some very sick people in here," said hospital official Ikuro Matsumoto.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>You can see the speed at which the water hit Sendai in this video, shot from inside the city's airport:</p><p><strong>'What Is Important In Life'</strong></p><p>In Sendai, the AP spoke about the tsunami with Ayumi Osuga, 24, as she dug through the muddy remains of her house:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Osuga said she had been practicing origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into figures, with her three children when the quake stuck. She recalled her husband's shouted warning from outside: "Get out of there now!"</p><p>She gathered her children, aged 2 to 6, and fled in her car to higher ground with her husband. They spent the night in a hilltop home belonging to her husband's family about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away.</p><p>"My family, my children. We are lucky to be alive," she said.</p><p>"I have come to realize what is important in life," Osuga said.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Sendai is also the hometown of pitcher Takashi Saito, of the Milwaukee Brewers.</p><p>"When I hear the names of places" in news about the tsunami, Saito told Reuters, "I start to imagine all the faces of my friends that I know from there. There are no words for this." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1300075473?&gn=For+Japan%27s+Quake+Survivors%2C+%27It%27s+Urgent+Everywhere%27&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Japanese+earthquake,Japan+tsunami,Foreign+News,Accidents+and+Disasters,The+Two-Way,Asia,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134510288&c7=1125&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1125&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110313&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=134482620,134448495,127602464,127602334,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/accidents-and-disasters/2011-03-13/japans-quake-survivors-its-urgent-everywhere-83655 Japan's Quake 'Beyond Our Imagination' Eyewitness Says http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-03-11/japans-quake-beyond-our-imagination-eyewitness-says-83562 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/japan1_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the first seconds of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/11/134452107/a-quick-glance-at-japans-earthquake-pacific-tsunami">powerful earthquake that struck Japan</a> Friday, Chie Matsumoto was outside, in the middle of Tokyo. "I saw high rises sway like I had never seen before," Matsumoto says. "So many people came out of the buildings and we evacuated to the largest park in the neighborhood."</p><p>The freelance journalist responded to a request for first-hand reports of the disaster that was put out by American Public Media's <a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/apm/3e135e19c987/how-are-you-experiencing-the-earthquake-and-tsunami">Public Insight Network</a>.</p><p>Stuck in the center of Tokyo, Matsumoto says the next task was to try to get home:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>All the trains were suspended, but some subways resumed service and now I'm on one of them trying to get home, though I can only get so far to take a cab without long queues, maybe.</p><p></p><p>People are sleeping at stations, they have tarps prepared, but it is extremely cold even in Tokyo. The sights we see on the news are horrid. The death tolls are rising every minute. The scale of disaster seems beyond our imagination.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>With people stranded during what was clearly becoming a national catastrophe, Matsumoto says many people couldn't place phone calls — all of the mobile and land lines that were still working were reserved for emergency rescue and relief forces.</p><p>"Most of us are exchanging information on Twitter," Matsumoto says. This seems the fastest."</p><p>Hal Offutt, a business consultant who was in Tokyo during the quake, told a similar story:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>I experienced the earthquake while walking along the sidewalk in downtown Tokyo. It was pretty terrifying to watch the buildings swaying and feel the street moving under my feet. After a couple of hours sitting on a park bench waiting for the aftershocks to subside, I returned home to my apartment and watched this terrible story unfold on the TV.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>And when asked what he's doing now, Offutt said that while Tokyo emerged with comparatively little damage, everyone at his home is wary of another quake:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>It's now 3:40 AM and we have been trying to get a little sleep after watching TV for 6-7 hours. We are sleeping in our clothes ready to run outside in case of another huge one.</p><p>Will be back in front of the TV in a couple of hours and out on the streets of Tokyo tomorrow during the day. The big story in Tokyo was the complete shutdown of the trains and subways, leaving a couple million workers stranded downtown with no way to get home.</p><p>Mobile phones by and large did not work and there were long lines at the few remaining pay phones as people tried to get in touch with their families.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>You can watch an AP video of the day's sights here:</p><p>Matsumoto says that many people are now following the emerging details of the tsunami and earthquake on television, Twitter, and by phone calls, saying that the telephone system has "resumed regular service." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1299872227?&gn=Japan%27s+Quake+%27Beyond+Our+Imagination%27+Eyewitness+Says&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Japan+tsunami,Japan+earthquake,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Asia,Around+the+Nation,World,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134462087&c7=1125&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1125&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110311&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=134448495,134448493,127602464,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-03-11/japans-quake-beyond-our-imagination-eyewitness-says-83562